Sidney Crosby’s Top 5 Wingers

Sidney Crosby’s Top 5 Wingers

July 5th, 2020 In the more than 100 years that the National Hockey League has existed, there have not been many better players to hit the ice than Sidney Crosby. The already Hall of Fame-bound Canadian superstar has dominated at every level and brought the momentum to the then-dying Pittsburgh Penguins. He not...
Could Penguins' John Marino Be Their Next No.1 Defenseman?

Could Penguins' John Marino Be Their Next No.1 Defenseman?

June 30th, 2020 To have a top defenseman who manages both the role of a power-play quarterback and the role of a player who shuts down the opposing team's best attackers is a luxury not many NHL organizations have. Although, when we look at recent history, such players are vital pieces of Stanley Cup-winning...

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June 11th, 2020
Penguins History

June 11 has been a very exciting day in National Hockey League history. One franchise’s 45-year wait to wear the crown finally came to an end, while another team returned to championship series for the first time in a long time. This date also gave us the first repeat champions we’d seen in nearly two decades as well as four different NHL Drafts. Kings Finally Take the Throne It took them 45 years to reach the top of the mountain, but, on June 11, 2012, the Los Angeles Kings finally won their first championship. They beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, to become the first eight seed to win it all. The Kings took control of the game after Devils winger Steve Bernier was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding, midway through the first period. Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis all scored on the ensuing five-minute power play to build a 3-0 lead. Carter and Lewis both added second goals before Matt Greene capped...
June 9th, 2020
Penguins History

June 9 might be the busiest day, historically, for the month. This date in National Hockey League history includes some memorable Stanley Cup coronations, with one legend retiring and another joining the league. A Big Day for Roy and Ray Patrick Roy won three Conn Smythe Trophies, for being the most valuable player of the postseason, during his career and he received two of them on this date. On June 9, 1993, the Montreal Canadiens beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1, to win the Stanley Cup in five games. Paul DiPietro scored the first and last goal of the game while Kirk Muller scored the game-winning goal early in the second period. John LeClair and Lyle Odelein both had a pair of assists. June 9 has been very kind to Roy over the years. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images) Roy made 18 saves to win the second Stanley Cup of his career. He was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for the second time with the Canadiens for going 16-4 with a .929 save percentage (SV%) and...
June 8th, 2020
Penguins History

June 8 is mostly remembered for two things; plenty of Stanley Cup Final action and multiple coaching changes. Also, one of the most memorable Entry Drafts in National Hockey League history took place on this date. Stanley Cup Final Moments The Florida Panthers hosted their first-ever Stanley Cup Final game on June 8, 1996. Ray Sheppard caused thousands of plastic rats to rain down on the ice by scoring halfway through the first period, to tie the Colorado Avalanche at 1-1. Rob Niedermayer gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead two minutes later. The Avalanche got second-period goals from Mike Keane and Joe Sakic to lead them to a 3-2 victory and a 3-0 lead in the series. Sakic’s goal was his sixth game-winning goal of the 1996 postseason, a new NHL record. The Dallas Stars hosted the Buffalo Sabres, on June 8, 1999, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Brett Hull’s power-play goal opened the scoring midway through the first period. Stu Barnes and Wayne Primeau scored five...
June 2nd, 2020
Penguins History

June 2 was another busy day in National Hockey League history. In addition to plenty of overtime Stanley Cup Final action, there were also some big coaching moves, a new franchise name and one of the best defensemen to ever play the game was born. Overtime Magic On June 2, 2003, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim beat the New Jersey Devils 1-0 in overtime, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Veteran Steve Thomas scored the only goal of the night just 39 seconds into the extra time. Rookie Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves to become the first goaltender in NHL history to win each of his first seven overtime games in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Pittsburgh Penguins kept their season alive, on June 2, 2008, with 4-3 double-overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Red Wings were just 35 seconds away from winning the Stanley Cup when Max Talbot scored to force overtime. Petr Sykora’s power-play goal midway through the second overtime, his...
June 1st, 2020
Penguins History

June 1 has been a very busy day through the course of National Hockey League history. It has seen champions crowned, eras end, legendary arenas built and coaching changes to go along with the games on the ice. Championship Memories in Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Penguins won their second straight championship, on June 1, 1992, by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 6-5, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The win was the Penguins’ 11th straight of the postseason, tying a record the Blackhawks had set heading into the series with Pittsburgh. The Penguins held three separate one-goal leads in the first period thanks to goals by Jaromir Jagr, Kevin Stevens and Mario Lemieux, but all three of those goals were answered by Dirk Graham. Rick Tocchet and Jeremey Roenick added goals in the second period. Larry Murphy and Ron Francis gave the Penguins a two-goal lead early in the third period. Roenick scored again with just under nine minutes left to play, but the Blackhawks could not...
May 31st, 2020
Penguins History

Goaltenders and defenseman grabbed the spotlight through National Hockey League history on May 31. This date was also a very busy day behind the bench across the league while some teams got one win closer to the ultimate prize. Goaltenders Take Center Stage The Edmonton Oilers won their third championship in four seasons, on May 31, 1987, by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Jari Kurri scored the game-winning goal late in the second period as the Oilers outshot the Flyers 43-20. Rookie goaltender Ron Hextall was the real star of the series. Following the game, Hextall is awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for being the most valuable player of the postseason. He joined Roger Crozier, Glenn Hall and fellow Flyer Reggie Leach as the only players to win the Conn Smythe despite being on the losing side of the Final. Hextall won the 1987 Conn Smythe Trophy. (Photo by John Giamundo/Getty Images) Dominik Hasek proved to be a brick wall, on...

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10 Greatest Pittsburgh Penguins in Franchise History

The Penguins have been supremely fortunate to offer their fans two of the game's all-time legends in Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby. But it takes more than a single superstar to win Cups, they need other greats to support them. These players as well as some of the legends in the team's storied... January 2nd, 2020

Penguins Hockey - The Last Days of the Igloo

Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena, affectionately known as The Igloo and former home of Penguins hockey, is finally being demolished. - Story by Brian Lutz Strange things happen before every Pittsburgh Penguins home game. Up until game time, everyone lucky enough to secure tickets does the same... October 24th, 2011